Our Singles Champion: King James! James Kent Trotter wins back-to-back 3-set matches to claim his FIRST professional singles title! @OhioStateMTEN @crackedracquets @payersplayers pic.twitter.com/iZB5zBICWj
— Edwardsville Futures (@FuturesEdwards) July 31, 2022
COLUMBUS, Ohio – It all came together this week for Ohio State senior James Trotter as he rolled through the draw at the M25 Edwardsville Futures event to claim his first title in a professional event. The Hyogo, Japan native defeated American Nathan Ponwith 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 in Sunday afternoon’s final in Edwardsville, Ill.
Trotter started his week in qualifying, knocking off Stefano Liokossis 6-1, 6-0 and then took down Stefan Simeunovic 7-6(7), 6-1 to earn his spot in the main draw.
In the opening round, Trotter rolled to a 6-2, 6-2 win over Ireland’s Osgar O’Hoisin. He then faced the 2-seed and world No. 474 Martin Damm in the second round. Trotter bested the young American lefty 6-4, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals. His good play continued as he took down Latvia’s Karlis Ozolins in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.
Saturday’s semifinal pitted Trotter against another young American in Patrick Kypson. The two battled for nearly three and a half hours as all three sets were decided in a tiebreak. Trotter claimed the first set breaker 8-6 and Kypson evened the score with a 7-4 win in the second. In the final set, Trotter advanced to the finals with his own 7-4 tiebreaker win.
Trotter then took on former Arizona State standout Nathan Ponwith in the finals. Ponwith, who was ranked No. 566 coming into the week, went up an early break in the first set and held that advantage for a 6-3 victory. In the second set, it was Trotter’s turn to go up an early break but Ponwith broke right back. Trotter responded with a break at 4-3 and held for 5-3. He eventual won the set 6-4 to force a third and deciding set.
In the final set, it was all Trotter. He broke Ponwith in the first game and stormed to a 4-0 lead. He would drop just one game en route to a 6-1 victory.
Trotter is coming off a first team All-Big Ten season, which saw him go 21-8 in singles and be ranked as high at No. 2 in the country in doubles. He also won the ITA Midwest Singles Championship and held a singles ranking all season, topping out at No. 26. He had just one singles win in three pro events this summer prior to this week.